Global

High court OKs Trump's travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim

High court OKs Trump's travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim

It should take the court of history much less time to conclude that the Roberts Court was likewise wrong in deciding 5-4 to uphold President Trump's travel ban.

Lower courts had blocked the travel ban, the third version of a policy Trump first pursued a week after taking office a year ago.

The court held that the challengers had failed to show that the ban violates either US immigration law or the US Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favouring one religion over another.

"The forcible relocation of U.S. citizens to concentration camps, exclusively and explicitly on the basis of race, is objectively unlawful and outside the scope of Presidential authority", Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. The group emphasized that "words matter, particularly when they come from the President of the United States". Here's what the latest travel ban means to citizens of those countries - and some American citizens, too. While the travel ban itself may not have enormous implications for science, it is symptomatic of the Trump administration's approach to foreign policy, says Russell Harrison, a senior legislative representative for IEEE-USA in Washington DC.

Travel restrictions apply to arrivals from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia.

Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling resolved one question, whether the Hawaii judge's order to block enforcement should go back into effect or be overturned, and the justices threw the order out.

Mr Trump added that as long as he is president, he will "defend the sovereignty, safety, and security of the American People, and fight for an immigration system that serves the national interests of the United States and its citizens".

But in a dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor argued that the ban "was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus", citing several statements by Trump-including his oft-repeated campaign promise to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

More news: England's Marcus Rashford expected to train fully on Friday

Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissent, "What the unrebutted evidence actually shows is that a reasonable observer would conclude, quite easily, that the primary objective and function of the Proclamation is to disfavor Islam by banning Muslims from entering the country". Sotomayor also described various statements Trump made on the campaign trail.

Trump issued his first travel restriction order a week after taking office.

Of those, 4,900 applications were rejected for reasons other than the travel ban, while 1,147 were found eligible for visas based on an exception to the ban. The order's stated goal is to "protect the security and interests of the United States and its people".

After a more moderate version of the two GOP proposals failed on Thursday and two delays on the Republicans' "compromise" bill, pressure is on the president's party to finally deliver a fix to the country's immigration problems, including controversial family separations along the US border. The court then heard a Hawaii challenge to the order in April and upheld the policy Tuesday in that case.

Tens of thousands of visas were canceled and protesters took to the streets saying the president was banning Muslims in violation of the constitution's religious freedom protections.

"The ruling will go down in history as one of the Supreme Court's great failures", said Omar Jadwat, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the ban. "I think the majority opinion does signal courts are going to take a real look at justifications offered" when considering the legality and constitutionality of policies.

Christopher Richardson, a U.S. diplomat from 2011 to 2018 who most recently served at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, stated in an affidavit in federal court this month that consular officers were not authorized to issue waivers on their own.

The court rejected a challenge that the ban discriminated against Muslims or exceeded Trump's authority.